Monday, April 17, 2006

Swing, Baby!

Here is the famous (okay, maybe not famous) swing bridge of Matagorda. It has been seen on the way to the Gulf of Mexico for over 50 years now.

Progress can only wait so long, though. Plans are in the works for replacing the swing bridge with a regular bridge.
That is great for drivers and probably great for the economy because of the added convenience, but it's kind of sad, too. I remember thinking it was really cool the first time I saw it; I enjoyed watching the boats go by.

After this one goes, there only will be one swing bridge left in Texas, in nearby Sargent.

In these pictures, you can see a barge going, going, gone, and then the swing moving back in to place.

1 comment:

El Jefe Maximo said...

That's really cool. I saw a drawbridge once...almost as cool. Yeah, I know conventional bridges are more efficient, but efficiency is often an overrated virtue.